A kitchen countertop can add an extra touch of elegance but also more functionality to the whole space. The main part of the countertop is its frontage. The frontage is an usable surface that has to be at least 132 inches if you have a kitchen under 150 square feet and at least 198 inches if your kitchen is over 150 square feet. The kitchen countertop has to be a minimum of 15" deep keep in mind that the kitchen wall cabinets must be at least 14" above the surface of the countertop in order to be included in your total frontage measurement. The kitchen countertop frontage may be a total of more angled counter top sections or a continuous space.
Next, there are the kitchen countertop edges. They are coming in a wide range of styles. Most people aren't likely to pay enough attention to the style of the countertop edges. This happens mainly because they think that these edges may come just in two styles, rounded and square. But this isn't true. Actually, there are at least a dozen of decorative styles that you can apply to your countertop edges. However, the style of each countertop edge is likely to depend on the style that is being applied to the countertop itself. For instance, some countertop edges are very likely to be limited to specific types of countertops.
Manufacturers create custom countertops that will provide every purchaser with the choice of edging designs. Each of these designs can be used in order to manufacture a kitchen countertop. The most common countertop edges are the straight ones. When provided with a straight edge, the countertop will be squared with everything meeting exactly at right angles. For instance, if you are interested to get involved into a do-it-yourself project, go for a straight edge because this will be easier for you to work with especially if you are a total beginner. Actually, the inexpensive and basic countertops are likely to feature a straight edge in order to keep the price low and affordable.
A straight edge comes with few variations that are quite simple. However, these variations are more decorative than a general straight edge. For instance, one of the most common variations in a straight countertop edge is the so-called quarter round. For this particular style, the kitchen countertop will be rounded off at its top edge in order to create a more decorative and softer look. In the so-called double quarter round, the bottom and the top edges are rounded off in order to create a more decorative effect. Both of these styles were intended to try and soften the kitchen countertop edges so that these particular parts aren't as pronounced and sharp.
The corners of the countertop are equally important when it comes to providing your kitchen design with an elegant but practical touch. Each of the countertop corners should be radiused or clipped and the counter edges must be eased in order to eliminate the sharper corners.